Oxfordshire Growth Deal Outline Agreement
I would like to work constructively with you to ensure that South Oxfordshire is able to provide the quality housing and infrastructure needed to support jobs and growth in the local community. As I explained in my letter of 26 August 2019, strengthening the plan is an essential step in the implementation of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. Therefore, I have asked my officials to contact your officials to discuss the next steps, and I will keep you informed as long as I continue to look at this issue. Oxfordshire Council Chairs and the Secretary of State for Municipalities and Local Authorities, Sajid Javid, exchanged letters confirming the Oxfordshire Agreement on Housing and Growth. The agreement has already been supported by Oxford University and the Harwell campus. The Growth Council wants the agreement to be the first step in a lasting partnership with the government to ensure ongoing investments. The agreement will enable young people to develop the skills needed to create opportunities in Oxfordshire`s emerging growth sectors and support those at risk of social exclusion. The number of homes in the plan was part of a funding agreement reached by the Oxfordshire authorities with MHCLG last March. Part of the agreement provided that the plan should be reviewed by April 1. As part of our agreement on the growth agreement with the government, all our local authorities have committed to establishing a Common Legal Space Plan (JSSP) known as Plan Oxfordshire 2050.
The framework agreement sets out the basic framework of the agreement. It is also supported by the delivery plan and paramedia documents for affordable housing allowances. Lib Dems and the Greens fought to vote on an anti-housing growth ticket and called for the plan to be withdrawn. This is the same level of housing growth that was already envisaged in existing and emerging Oxfordshire local plans. The agreement also offers Oxfordshire bespoke agreements that offer protection against speculative planning demands for the next three years. In the city of Oxford, the average house price is more than 10 times the median income and up to 17 times the median income. The agreement supports Oxfordshire`s ambitions to plan and support around 100,000 new homes, including affordable housing, across the county between 2011 and 2031 to cope with the severe housing shortage and expected economic growth. An Oxfordshire industrial strategy is being developed to achieve direct investment, inclusive growth, productivity and innovation, and to fill specific skills gaps. The plan does not include housing or employment sites.